KROTZ SPRINGS, La. – A 14-year-old boy who is paralyzed from the chest down has a big trophy deer this year — an 8-point, 240-pound buck.
Brandon Soileau of Krotz Springs bagged the buck while hunting with his godfather on Nov. 29 at the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area.
They used one of 19 wheelchair-accessible deer stands in five wildlife management areas around the state. Louisiana also has wheelchair-accessible duck blinds in four WMAs.
Hunters with physical handicaps are allowed to have one helper, and Tim Bourque was with Brandon in the blind.
Brandon says that when he saw how big the buck was, he began shaking. After he shot it, his godfather took him to the truck, then went to get the buck.
Brandon says they both cried with joy — and he hasn't stopped smiling since.